It’s been America’s best-selling car for five decades, so a new generation Honda Accord is always a big deal.

One of the things that happened over the five-year life cycle of the outgoing model was the Accord’s dramatic rise in China. This happened just as the popularity of cars in general was waning in America.

Even though the PRC is now the biggest equal market for Honda’s midsize sedan, American Honda continues to be the first to announce any new edition of the Accord.

Production plants

MAP, the giant factory in Marsyville, Ohio, has just started manufacturing this 4,971 mm long model in two forms: petrol and petrol-electric.

Other factories will switch to the new car in due course, the main ones being Guangqi Honda’s ZengCheng #1 and Guangzhou Development District factory. Each is in Guangdong Province.

American Honda estimates that the gas-electric variants should account for around half of American market sales in 2023. And since the division positions them at the top of its price scale, the Hybrid in all its model categories should be the most profitable part of the Accord Range.

Six model grades

There are six trim levels for the 2023 model year Accord in the United States: LX and EX for the 1,498cc turbocharged engine plus Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring for the Hybrid.

The four-cylinder engine has outputs of 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the tenth generation model, there is no 2.0-litre alternative.

There is, however, a 1993 Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, this one being reserved for the Hybrid. Complemented by two motors, it has combined outputs of 204 horsepower and 247 pounds of torque. It is also FWD only.

Physical checks

Honda listened to its customers’ annoyance at the loss of HVAC knobs and dials in the old Civic, bringing them back for the latest model. It continued that logic with the Accord, with the physical controls retained, along with a volume knob for the audio system.

Where else will it be assembled?

Once Honda’s Chinese joint venture with GAC begins building the new, larger car, there will be smaller-scale assembly in other countries. This should include Ayutthaya (Thailand), Pegoh (Malaysia) and Lagos (Nigeria). Each of these three factories are currently building the tenth generation model.

Lifecycle and platform

As for the life cycle, it’s expected to be five years, with the mid-cycle facelift slated for the 2026 model year in the US, Canada and Mexico.

When asked to confirm the name of the new car’s platform, a spokesperson for American Honda said: “We have just revealed the vehicles and will release more information as we get closer. of the launch”.